With no less than 30,000 delegates of the 6th ASEAN Jamboree, scouts from our ASEAN neighboring countries and other participating nations are quite hard to spot on. However, knowing the scouts’ unique uniform design and their neckerchiefs, citing our friends from the international community will be just a piece of cake.
Donning the usual light khaki colored polo uniform, hemmed with badges, with a red neckerchief tied by a carabao’s head and a shade of brown pants, a Filipino scout is a common picture of a scout in the Philippines. But, how about from our friends from other countries?
Accordingly, scouting uniforms differ from one country, region or section however the major difference that one could immediately notice among scouts is their neckerchief where it represents the scout’s national identity and pride.
Beyond the dashing and creative colors of the scouts’ neckerchiefs lie the historic and honorable insignia of one’s country. A scout is highly recognized by its scouting uniform; an identity of commitment and honors to one’s country.
Generally, the 6th ASEAN’s Jamboree uses the green neckerchief hemmed with the proud colors of the Philippines: red, blue and white. The green neckerchief is the symbol color of the host city, Tagum and the red, blue and white represent the country itself, Philippines. Let us try to know the identities of our ASEAN participants by their neckerchiefs:
Indonesia: With Indonesia holding the most numbered scouts of the International community, they are definitely the ones who can be easily noticed. Their neckerchiefs which are composed of red and white are also the same shades of their National Flag coupled with their famous slide which is a knot of a wooden rattan or simply a coconut sprout symbol. All sections and levels of their scouts wear the same kind of neckerchief whether it is just a school-based jamboree.
Malaysia: Cording the Navy Blue neckerchief binding with the colors: red, white and blue, the Malaysian Scouts are noticeably the same with the International Service Team (IST) however, the differences are on the slides used where theirs are the most common knot wooden rattan and of course, the logo of the National Scouting Organization (NSO) of Malaysia. Their national neckerchief is always worn whenever they attend scouting activities overseas.
Thailand: Thai people can also be recognized by a navy blue neckerchief but the borderline has pure touch of a bright yellow color. This symbolic neckerchief of Thailand is their National Scouting color symbol used for scouting events representing their country.
Sri Lanka: Sri Lanka’s identity comes with the sole color of blue. Their blue-colored neckerchief has always been used for scouting events overseas. The slide comes with many variations but the most common of all is the knot wooden slide which are common to all the scouts and scouters worldwide.
India: Conquered by the exclusive shade of red as the major color of their neckerchiefs, scouts from India are just easy to be eyed with since it is just like the neckerchiefs of the Boy Scouts in the Philippines (BSP).
Maldives: With the powerful red color and streaks of green and white, the Maldivian scout neckerchief prides itself with this scouting symbol as this symbolizes the country’s national identity.
Brunei Darussalam: Branding the country’s colors, scouts from Brunei are identified by their green neckerchiefs hemmed with the four colors of: yellow, white, black and red. This multi-colored neckerchief is tied with the most famous knot wooden slide.
Singapore: Plushing the neckerchief of mostly red with a borderline of white, the Singaporean scouts honor their nationality by integrating these colors as their identity as scouts. Unmistakably, these shades are also the same with our Indonesian delegates but can be identified clearly by the symbol of their respective National Scouting Organization.
Bangladesh: Scouts from Bangladesh glorifies itself with their green streaked with red color neckerchief. This scouting symbol is the jewel of their national identity as the represent for the jamboree.
Kuwait: Kuwaiti scouts adorn their necks with International Service Team neckerchief but their official neckerchief to be worn for every scouting event is a yellow neckerchief for the young scouts and purple neckerchiefs for the adult ones. Their slide has an insignia of the Kuwait’s coat of arms.
Nepal: Representatives of Nepal bind the proud colors of red and blue as they wore their scout neckerchief. These shades are symbolic to Nepali people as it is the same colors that comprise their National flag.
Vietnam: The royal colors of red and yellow dominated the neckerchief of scouts of Vietnam. These colors symbolize the country’s national flag thus the shades of the neckerchief.
These fabrics are the crowning jewels of every scouting organization which weave the ASEAN nations in becoming one despite the differences in culture, race and ethnicity. Hence, we may all differ in colors and symbols, but when we shine as one, we create a rainbow of friendship despite our diversities. RYAN A. JANCINAL/CIO Tagum